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TESDA eyes 5.3 million
employed tech-voc grads

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority stepped up its goal of being the country's prime provider of quality technical-vocational education and vowed to produce 5.3 million certified graduates by the end of the Aquino administration in 2016, a press release from TESDA said.

TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva ordered the agency’s officials to beef up enrolment and employment of graduates, thresh out operational issues and improve the quality of courses to meet their targets.

"By the end of President Aquino's term in2016, we would like to be remembered as having contributed 5.3 million TESDA-certified workers or TESDA Specialistas as we proudly call them, who will find work or manage their own small businesses and earn incomes that they plough back to the country through expenditures and savings," Villanueva said.

Villanueva also urged the agency's officials to meet the numbers of persons enrolled, graduates, assessed and certified and eventually monitored as employed and with earnings, the press release said.

He instructed them to make available relevant details on the courses or qualifications, and assess which are among the key employment generators in a particular area, it added.

Villanueva cited the agency's gains in the past year that he said helped it reach new frontiers, including, the successful PNoy Bayanihan School Furniture Production Project that converted confiscated logs into school furniture, in partnership with the Department of Education, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.

TESDA also actively participated in the K to 12Summit, which helped it define its role under the expanded Basic Education Curriculum.

Recently, it launched its first classroom on wheels through the Mobile Training Plus Park and Train bus, which featured a100-seater vehicle equipped with computers for mobile training, the press release said.*

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